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Drugs, brawls and rock ‘n’ roll: A chat with Unwritten Law

ulFrom backstage drugs to onstage fights, Southern California pop punk outfit Unwritten Law has had its share of drama since forming in the early ‘90s outside of San Diego. That drama has translated into different lineups throughout the band’s nearly 20-year run, but two core members have remained constant – vocalist Scott Russo and guitarist Steve Morris.

In anticipation of their poolside show Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Russo opened up about violence among the band members, losing touch with Blink-182 and, inevitably, growing up.

On backstage fights: Starts Scott Russo/Unwritten Law Charity Auction

russocharAs many of you know, in February, Scott Russo, of the band Unwritten Law lost all of his personal belongings in a devastating house fire. As part of the Vans Warped Tour family, we need each one of you to band together and help the Russo family get back on their feet. Starting today, we will be holding a Unite the United eBay auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Scott Russo Family Foundation.

With the help of many generous bands, there are many wonderful items up for bid in all price ranges, including:A custom autographed guitar from Miles Doughty of Slightly StoopidAutographed drumheads from Bad Religion, The Vandals, Royal Crown Review, Strung Out and Papa RoachAutographed posters and CDsA pair of Warped Tour VIP passes.


Big B ft. Scott Russo of Unwritten Law – “Sinner”


“Sinner,” featuring Scott Russo of Unwritten Law, is off of Big B’s recent release American Underdog under the indie label Suburban Noize Records. The indie performer is currently on the Jagermeister Music Tour with Pennywise and Pepper. Check out for more information.  

America’s most notorious white trash renegade returns with his fourth studio full length “American Underdog”, this time Big B ventures out on a musical expedition into new frontiers. Raw and honest like always, Big B’s brand of outlaw hip-hop has returned with a few new tricks this time around in what will go down as one of the Sub Noize heavyweight’s best albums.

Buy Used Music Gear From Indie Musicians

musicgearWhile browsing around social networks, I have noticed an increase in status posts on Facebook and bulletins on Myspace about independent musicians selling their used gear. The situations I have seen have bands getting rid of too much clutter in the studio, or they need to upgrade their equipment.

Members of indie bands The Action Design, Unwritten Law and Fit For A King are recent sellers of their used equipment.

So why not buy a used guitar, or amp from a band you love to listen to?

Music fans who are amateur musicians should certainly take advantage of this situation. You get a decent piece of equipment and it has a great story behind it. You can actually say that your favorite bassist played the bass guitar that you are using to learn their songs.

Drop Dead Julio Release “The Stories We Could Tell”

ddjcoverHailing from Salt Lake City, UT, the pop-punk quartet Drop Dead Julio has been keeping pretty busy since their formation in early 2006.

Between their 2007 debut EP Lack of Direction, countless shows and touring while opening up for the likes of Unwritten Law and Royal Bliss, and their just-released second EP The Stories We Could Tell, DDJ is gaining more momentum every day—and there’s no sign it will slow down anytime soon.

Drop Dead Julio, consisting of vocalist/guitarist Gene Kennedy, bassist James Checrallah, drummer James Julio and guitarist Brian Jensen seem to enjoy taking bits and pieces from every related genre of rock and punk and mixing them together in a punk-rock-pop-sing-along-post-hardcore-alternative 12 layer cake.